With the Oscars mired in their annual refusal to see directing talent in anyone who doesn’t remind the Academy members of themselves, resulting in another disgraceful exclusion of any female directors from the Best Director nominations for yet one more predictable, narrow-minded year (I see no reason to hold back on this topic), here are some links to discussions, lists and clips of movies made in 2012 that were directed by women.
Please share any favourite female directors, favourite movies directed by a woman (not necessarily current ones), or favourite anecdotes about women directing films.
ETA: Some more links, as the discussion continues.
Melissa Silverstein, from Women and Hollywood, has a post up at the New York Times, as does
Martha Coolidge, former President of the Directors’ Guild of America
Lauren Sandler: “Why Women in Hollywood Can’t Get Film Financing”
Margot Magowan at Reel Girl is worth reading at the same time, for a reminder of why this matters
Some more links and a, frequently depressing, conversation also going on at the Facebook page Destroy the Joint.
I’m sorry to have offered nothing more substantial than links here. It’s one of those topics where there is so much that needs to be said that it overwhelms me. If I get to the point where I am capable of tweezing out the incoherent ball of rage in my stomach into separate strands, no doubt I will lay them out for you.